STYLE: I’m part of the Band of Brothers Fishing crew. We’re primarily game-fisherman who mix it up in the off-season chasing reds and kings. Our passion, however, certainly lies in catching billfish.
BOAT: I own a Seaswirl Striper 2007 2101 WA, which I’ve owned since new and customised to suit my requirements. It’s matched with a 225hp G2 Evinrude E-TEC.
ELECTRONICS: My boat is set up with two Simrad NSS12 evo2 sounders, which run through a BSM-3 Broadband Sounder Module. When it comes to transducers, I’ve got three! A B175H-W Bronze thru-hull CHIRP transducer, a B175L Bronze thru-hull CHIRP transducer and a StructureScan module and transducer. I also run a Simrad Autopilot, RS35 VHF radio and, of course, a Lowrance SonicHub.
SCREENSHOT: We were down-rigging for big kingfish in 22m of water when I snapped this. You can clearly see the bomb, no bigger than an orange, move across the screen. Above the line of the bomb, a large school of baitfish is displayed. Then below the bait you can see two much larger marks – those are kingies – big kingies! The result was a 15kg job.
ANTHONY’S TOP TIP: Make your mark.
Take note of the size of the fish you’re catching and the size of the mark on the sounder. This will change at different depths and if you’re observant, you’ll be able to start creating a legend or scale of how big the fish you’re marking really are. It may only be a school of reds or even sweep, but understanding what a 30cm fish marks like in 30m of water, as opposed to 5m, will really help you identify and focus on much bigger fish.